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over this country. >> the democratic senate majority leader harry reid says he supports the second amendment as well as universal background checks but he is not going to let the nra get in his way just because they resist it doesn't mean. we have special interest groups that come in and complain about things we don't listen to them -- we will listen to them and make the right decision. >> reid says the senate might soon debate assault weapons ban. something congressman woman gabriel giffords husband argued for today. >> i spent 2 a 5 years in the military. i know the value of having an assault weapon. it's to kill a lot of people very quickly. i think they are way too readily available. i think in time we will be able to address those issues. >> wayne lappier from the nra said today forcing existing laws would go a long way in reducing gun violence so would rounding up gangs in places like chicago. harris? >> peter, thank you. a man on vacation hand gliding in florida when something went very wrong. it's our top story as we go across america. florida. police say the man from illin
of it on his way out the door. >> senate majority leader harry reid is hopeful there will be an agreement on the entire senate on the lew nomination tomorrow. >> bill: negotiators for the united states and other major world powers today offered iran a deal on its nuclear program. officials from six nations said they would ease some economic restrictions on iran if iran agrees to stop enriching uranium at an underground nuclear plant. of course, iran has repeatedly refused to do just that. and few people seem to believe this new round of talks is going to lead to any major break through. nevertheless, the new secretary of defense john kerry said that he hopes iran will agree to a diplomatic solution. >> there is a diplomatic path. there is is a clear way through this. and i want these talks to have their chance to work through before i comment further. >> hope as a strategy. israel has threatened it will use all means necessary to stop iran from building a bomb. iran claims its pursuing peaceful nuclear power only, not nuclear weapons. james rosen with the news live in paris. and, james, s
pushing it. >> you talk about fending off challenges from the right, harry reid says that's absolutely what's going on with the chuck hagel situation. he says i guess to be able to run for the senate, you are need to have a resumÉ that says i helped filibuster one of the president's nominees. maybe that helps keep a tea party guy or woman from running against you. do you really think that it will help somebody when they go back to their district for an election in 2014 that they're able to say i stood up to the president on chuck hagel? >> i think that, look, most americans i think are not terribly tuned into the nomination process of chuck hagel, probably doesnn't have strong feelings about him. say you're lindsay graham and you have a town meeting, a lot of people are thinking is graham really with us? is he fighting the president to the wall the way we want him to? lindsay graham does have to be very concerned about getting primaried. everyone's talking about chuck hagel. i think back in their district the intensity, the people who demonstrate real interest, intensity and knowledge
to harry reid, nancy closely really also concur with. the math doesn't add up, if you can tax the rich at 100% it would not come close to covering our needs, this is a reallocation problem, this is a bad math problem and we can't sustain this and we want a government there is an argument to be made that they do want a bigger, better government, you will have to pay for it. you will have to pay a lot for people to provide, what you think of that? >> exactly. the path we're on right now is unsustainable. either we go the path europe has gone down with a statement economy and cons of unemployment, tons of people taxed to death, or the other path with a more economic freedom and people can decide what they want to do, government isn't taking care of you from cradle to grave and they make that hard choice because this is not sustainable. neil: could also be stating something america's might well come and be willing to pay a little bit more if they have a government that will do a little bit, presumably a lot more and might be okay with it but throwing it out there that it is inevitable, so
and the senate? caller: harry reid of nevada is a gun owner, democratic leader. mitch mcconnell of kentucky, as i recall. we did not get an answer at all from john boehner, the house speaker. nancy pelosi does not own a gun. host: what about the chairman of the house judiciary and senate judiciary committees? the legislation is going to go to them. host: that is -- caller: that is one of the most interesting ones. senator leahy is a gun owner, but he is also a very strong advocate for gun control. he will be delivering one of the key points in the debate. their committees are likely to be the first out the door with legislation. there will be interesting things coming from some unlikely he, coming from vermont, who lives in a state where gun ownership is not all that unusual. it will be interesting to see if he can thread the needle between a healthy respect for guns and a healthy concern for guns and gun safety. i think that he will be a very interesting player to watch. host: let me conclude by asking how you interpreted the president's remarks yesterday in minneapolis. what does that mean for
. i don't think it does sound, but let's vote on it. to harry reid, the house, it has try to fix ceqa station. we have done nothing in the senate. -- to fix sequestration. we have done nothing in the senate. we are not doing anything in the senate. so, harry, please take the president's proposal or come up with one of your own. put it on the floor and let's start voting. if you do not like what we are doing, come up with your own. we have our fingerprint as republicans on this sequestration idea. it was the president's idea that we come as the republican party agreed to it. we got in this mess together and we will have to get out together. mr. president, helped lead us. -- help lead us. and on like anybody else on this stage, you are the commander in chief -- unlike anyone else on this stage. do you really want your legacy to be that you let the american congress into a deal that would destroy the military at the time it would need it the most? do you want to pivot to asia? how do you do that with 232 ships? when about iran acquiringhave you modernize the f-16 and the f-18? had you go
was serious, he would sit down with harry reid and begin to address our problems. the house has acted twice. we should not have to act the third time before the senate begins to do their work. guest: speaker boehner was the chairman of the education committee when i sat on there when i first came to the congress. he is usually a very reasonable person. i think some of that was a little bit of politics. i do not seek the president using our armed men and women as props. certainly, i think there is some gamesmanship going on by both sides the bottom line is -- and both sides could the bottom line is, speaker boehner, there are many people that want to be at the table with you and want to start to make smart cuts -- both sides. the bottom line is, speaker boehner, there are many people that want to be at the table with you and want to start making smart cuts. if we need to save defense, if we cannot cut deeply to defense, then sit down with us and decide how much from defense is really fat and waste right now, and let's figure out how we make up the rest of that money. that is called a new rev
cain was having in 2007? a big yawn from harry reid in 2010. and for vice president biden, perhaps a moment of meditation in 2011. mr. biden's hands have their very own chapter in the state of the union history book. so much sitting and standing and clapping, easy to see why he might have a timing issue. >> less than 1%. >> reporter: -- there is the air boxing fist pump -- >> that dream is why the working class kid from scranton can sit behind me. >> reporter: and, of course, the palms to the sky shrug. >> nobody messes with joe. am i right? >> reporter: we have the constitution to thanks for this annual address. and even if the state of the union is animated, sleepy, or dreamy, according to the president -- >> the state of our union will always be strong. >> john berman, this is why i love you. let me just say this, shouldn't everyone in that sacred room just always sort of assume you can be on camera at any moment in time, right? on your best behavior. >> absolutely. drink 12 cups of coffee and have a coca-cola. if you shut your eyes for five seconds, the camera will catch you and it will
, and the reason why it was 58 votes is because harry reid switched his vote to no soap the senate can bring it back up again. you have a lot of republican senators who were saying last week that they did not want to see it go up in filibuster. at least it would be an up-down of the to be approved. there was no precedent to filibuster a choice like this. and the republicans decided they wanted to use this vote as a way to extract more information from the white house on issues like the terrorist attack in benghazi in september, and so they are committed to passing a goal when they come back. the way you are looking at it, it is a tedious exercise in delaying the inevitable. chuck hagel will be confirmed. he will just have to wait 11 days. you should confirm him because you are going to confirm him anyway. it is just another delay in what the senate is trying to do. host: harry reid set a new vote for tuesday, in 11 days. what do republicans want to see in the meantime? guest: they say they would like answers again from the white house, more details about what the president did and did not do
is, according to harry reid, there was a huddle but jake tapper was told that the lawmakers were told to, quote, talk solutions. that certainly would be a change. >> the president, republican and democratic leaders coming together to unveil civil rights icon rosa parks, all pulling in the same direction. the partisan tug-of-war over. >> mr. president, you honor us with your presence. thank you for being here. >> reporter: but this bipartisan moment was just that. a moment. here's the senate leaders going at it just 45 minutes earlier. >> he wasn't elected to work with the congress he want. he was elected to work with a congress he had. >> republicans are too busy fighting among themselves to unite behind a course so they are instead doing nothing. zero. >> reporter: the president did ask congressional leaders to the white house to discuss forced spending cuts for their first face-to-face meeting that republicans call devastating. but the invitation is for friday, the same day those cuts kick in. democrats came to the president's defense. why wait so long? >> well, look, it is entirely
votes will be problems for harry reid and the senate? these are issues that are going to come over here at some point. don't you -- hold up the process if he's having trouble on these tough issues? >> the legislative process was designed to be inefficient and difficult. so that if congress were able to move a bill through both houses and could agree upon a bill, it would actually become a law. so at the start of every session there are always a number of issues that carry over from the prior session. and frankly there's a lot of scar tissue that carries over with a lot of these bills. it's up to congress to figure out where the common ground is and how to deal with it. let me make clear i don't like the sequester. i think it's taking a meat ax to our government. meat ax to many programs and will weaken our national defense. that's why i fought to not have the sequester in the first place. but the president didn't want to have to deal with the debt limit again before his re-election. it was the president and senate democrats who committed to working with us to get an outcome out of the s
, it starts in the senate and we'll see what harry reid can get done. most of the key players, nra ratings including the majority leader, chairman leahy, six democrats up in states that the president got 42% or less in. i don't think they'll be too enamored with him, so i think that pushes you toward things like background checks and the house, it's going to be tougher. i mean that's just the reality of it politically. so i would expect something to be done. i think there's going to be a lot of hearings but probably more in the mental health area, potentially in some of the background check areas, but anything that hints towards national regs won't make it and anything that really materially makes it more difficult for people to exercise second amendment rights won't happen. >> i tell you, i don't agree. i hope that -- i think the odds of something happening are determined by the determination of people who push those things. and when the folks are going to be joining me and jim langevin, we don't want to take the rights of owning a gun away. i own a gun myself, but i do believe when you h
congressional leaders from both houses and both parties. so that's mitch mcconnell, harry reid, nancy pelosi and john boehner. in response i think to the number of democrats and the first lady bringing victims of gun violence with them as guests to the state of the union this year, to highlight that issue, one republican member of congress this year has decided to do his part to advance the serious consideration of gun violence and lawful gun ownership in america by inviting as his guest for the state of the union this gentleman. >> hey obama, you might want to suck on one of these, you punk! obama, he's a piece of [ bleep ] and i told him to suck on my machine gun. let's hear it for him. i said hey, humor me. you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless [ bleep ]. >> mr. ted nugent is a musician. i believe he is still mostly known for "cat scratch fever", but i could be wrong. he was investigated by the secret service last year after telling an nra convention in april of 2012, quote, if barack obama is elected, i'll either be dead or in jail this time next year." texas
sticky is once the committee sends it to the full senate and harry reid just a couple of minutes ago said he'd like to take the vote this week but the republican leader says it is possible there could be some delays to give opportunity for more information. sort of a slow walking. it's not a filibuster threat just yet. it's unclear how it will go. they don't want to show their hand but some of the resistance of republicans is they don't feel that chuck hagel explained enough about the financial arrangements since he left the senate, concerns about his views, concerns about the performance at his nomination hearing where he had some, you know, rough back and forth that we all watched. so the white house has told us that they believe the numbers are there for hagel to get the job at the pentagon. but there are a couple of steps that need to go forward, a critical one this afternoon likely to pass the committee. the rest of the story on hagel unfolding in a few days but we don't know what republicans will do. >> all right. kelly, thank you very much. we'll bring the audience the update as so
's book saying we have an idea for a trigger and harry reid quoted saying -- >> and you can hang all you want on this. >> bret: no, i'm just quoting the book. >> was to include revenue in that. shockingly balance was imposed by the republicans at the time. that is why we have the situation we have now. both sides agreed when the republicans voted overwhelmingly for it, as i will remind you that the sequester was designed to be terrible policy that shouldn't come to pass. what we hear from the republicans now unfortunately again, it will would be better to have tens of thousands of people laid off for fu furlough. thousands of kids thrown off of head start if the sequester kicks in than to ask corporate jet owners to give up their tax brack. or to ask oil and gas companies who have been making record profits and who are, you know, again and again, year after year to give us the taxpayers subsidiaries. that is not good economic policy. it doesn't make sense. american people don't support it. >> bret: jay, as always, thank you for coming on. i appreciate the patience in the breaking news to
. >> separating harry reid from john boehner. >> woodruff: well, they pick a select group of the leadership of the house and senate to escort the president in. and i'm sure both of you saw today or yesterday there was an article describing the lengths to which some members of congress will go to get one of those coveted seats right there in the aisle so that the president will see them and they will be seen on national television. >> on my twitter feed at about noon there were some reporters reporting that those seats were already getting filled up. those people have been there for nine hours. they deserve their five seconds of fame. >> they do. but in the past, speaking of the... in the past you've been able to just have a bag or some books. now security demands that you be there yourself physically. you may claim it by putting in your notebook with your name on it. now you have to physically be there because many of these members have been there for hours. and they're getting their, the moment in the sun. jean schmidt from ohio who is one of the regulars there, a republican, she lost the
at the beginning of the day we didn't think that harry reid would get any republican votes, and he's actuall
he was. others were mad at senate majority leader harry reid for not respecting the hold process. a gop senator putting a hold and giving it a couple of days, and instead ramming a vote through. some were mad at the white house over benghazi. democrats yesterday did their own psychoanalysis about what was going on. >> the republican minority in the senate seemed to think that the rule now is that you have to have 60 votes for everything. well, that's not the rule. >> i guess to be able to run for the senate as a republican in most places of the country, you need to have a resume that says, i helped filibuster one of the president's nominees. maybe that helps. maybe that keeps the tea party guy from running against you. >> here's the bottom line, and the message was delivered by mr. straight talk, john mccain, yesterday. ultimately, hagel's issues with his former gop colleagues are simply personal. >> there's a lot of ill will towards senator hagel, because when he was a republican, he attacked president bush, mercilessly, at one point said he was the worst president since herbert
. where is it? i don't see the proposal. i don't see the bill. is harry reid presenting that? >> let's take a look at this la latest polling. rather than emphasizing the country by a five point margin they think obama is focused on unity over partisanship. when we asked whether americans agree with what republicans are proposing to do nearly 6 in 10 disagree with the republicans. nobody is mother teresa here. nobody thinks they're sticking their neck out any further than they have to pop but why do the republicans -- why is your brand of your party so sticky right now. >> because we have messaged this horribly. >> what's the message they're not getting out? >> it's been all over the place. >> what is the right message? >> the right message is to really -- as we should have said from the beginning focus on how to create jobs in the country and tie that to spending. we've not done that. we've not given a way forward that really lays out exactly what the cost is to this economy for the level of spending that we've been doing. >> i'm going back to -- >> can i make one final point? >> sur
this country. >> the democratic senate majority leader harry reid says he supports the second amendment as well as universal background checks but he is not going to let the nra get in his way just because they resist it doesn't mean. we have special interest groups that come in and complain about things we don't listen to them -- we will listen to them and make the right decision. >> reid says the senate might soon debate assault weapons ban. something congressman woman gabriel giffords husband argued for today. >> i spent 2 a 5 years in the military. i know the value of having an assault weapon. it's to kill a lot of people very quickly. i think they are way too readily available. i think in time we will be able to address those issues. >> wayne lappier from the nra said today forcing existing laws would go a long way in reducing gun violence so would rounding up gangs in places like chicago. harris? >> peter, thank you. a man on vacation hand gliding in florida when something went very wrong. it's our top story as we go across america. florida. police say the man from illinois was gliding ov
at the beginning of the day we didn't think that harry reid would get any republican votes, and he's actually secured quite a few. >> actually not a surprise. not a surprise because most republicans will say a president has the right to choose his own nominees. they believe that so that when the president is from their party, that holds true. what happened here is that hagel's performance at his hearing and some of the questions that have come up, some of the unanswered questions, have dragged that out. there are two factions of republicans who have slowed this down. a group focused solely on hagel wanting more information and that includes the new texas senator ted cruz who has been particularly critical of hagel in raising questions about his ties to foreign groups that might have provided him some salary during the years sips he left the senate. that's been very harsh questioning. on the other hand, there was a small faction of mccain, graham, and ayotte, who wanted more information about benghazi. i just spoke to them, and they said they believe that taking the stand was very effective. t
senators miffed at harry reid for not honoring the whole -- you have him having ripped on republicans. there are so many issues at play here. looks like he's going to get confirmed. and it's also an opportunity for republicans to ask some tough questions on benghazi, all of which haven't been answered yet. >> i want to go to something you said when we were together last time, which is you were concerned about his performance -- >> absolutely. >> and you can't help by wonder what bill cohen wonders, which is is he going to be a weak secretary? >> he didn't have a strong hearing then, but all the reasons listed for chuck hagel, none has to do with any pending issues before the pentagon. it has to do with he's been mean to president bush. he's been mean to john mccain. this process has said more about republicans than quite franklin it has said about chuck -- >> what about this issue of him -- is he going to be in charge of the pentagon? >> i think that is going to be the test for chuck hagel when he is sworn in fairly quickly and fairly soon as the next defense secretary. and i think th
leaders on both sides including speaker boehner, nancy pelosi, harry reid, and mitch mcconnell to a meeting at the white house on friday. will the face to face help break the fever over the sequester? we'll take you to rome where the catholic faithful accept the resignation of pope benedict with pomp and circumstance as the conclave of cardinals convenes. how will it script the new chapter for the church declaring a new pope? and every day since, we've worked hard to keep it. today, the beaches and gulf are open for everyone to enjoy. we've shared what we've learned, so we can all produce energy more safely. bp's also committed to america. we support nearly two-hundred-fifty thousand jobs and invest more here than anywhere else. we're working to fuel america for generations to come. our commitment has never been stronger. this is so so soft. hey hun, remember you only need a few sheets. hmph! [ female announcer ] charmin ultra soft is so soft you'll have to remind your family they can use less. ♪ charmin ultra soft is made with extra cushions that are soft and more abs
with the nra is harry reid. i don't know if he's still a member, he was a member at one point. i wonder if you characterize the nra relationship with harry reid own the years and also talk about what you have communicated about over the past few weeks with the man who will decide on whether a gun restriction law is bill is brought to the floor of the senate. >> i'm not our lobbyist. any recent conversations with senator reid would not be really within my -- i have not personally talked to senator reid. we had a relatively friendly relationship with the senator over time. we did not endorse him for re-election. we didn't endorse his opponent either. we supported him at the primary level last time. he has been, when firearms legislation has not been the priority of his president, he's a partisan leader, she's been responsive to constituents in nevada and has been relatively friendly on second amendment issues. he's under incredible pressure right now. he's got, as any member of congress or senator does, he has his own beliefs. he has the views and the demands of his constituents on the one hand,
mentioned democrats better members of your organization it seems maybe the most prominent is harry reid. or maybe at one point* for my kid you characterize your relationship with him over the years and talk about what you communicated over the past few weeks with the man who will decide whether a gun restrictions lot is brought to the floor? >> i am not our lobbyist so in recent conversation with not be within my, i have not personally talked with senator reid. we have a relatively friendly relationship over time. we did not endorse him for reelection or his opponent but we did support him that the primary level last time. when firearms legislation has not been a priority, after all he is a partisan leader he has been responsive to his constituents of nevada and relatively friendly on second amendment issues. he is tendered bridal pressure right now because as any member of congress, he has his own beliefs, the views of his constituents, of the pressure as the party leader, the president of the other, where harry reid and that is in nobody's guess and that is a guessing game right now.
a budget by the first monday of february. senator harry reid said the gun legislation in the senate will include magazine size and background checks, but it would not seek a ban on military-style assault weapons. an amendment could be included to cover that. the president heads to minneapolis to discuss gun control. and the cost of the 2012 elections are in. the final price tag is estimated at $7 billion. according to the consumer confidence index, half the respondents said that the financial crisis went under the labour retirement plan. we are interested in hearing from you if the financial crisis delay your retirement. want to give us a call, the numbers are on your screen. for republicans, 202-585-3881. for democrats, 202-585-3880. for independents, 202-585-3882. if you want to reach out to us on social media, you can send us a tweet at twitter.com/c-spanwj. around 40 people so far responding on facebook. and you can send us an e-mail to journal@c-span.org. the survey that was mentioned talks a little bit about respondents' and what they were asked about as far as their retiremen
will be debating chuck hagel's domination as defense secretary. the vote after they finish talks. harry reid says the full senate could vote on the nomination as early as tomorrow. hagel, former republican senator from nebraska, faces strong opposition from fellow republicans. >>> north korea thumbing its nose at the u.s. and the international community by carrying out a new, more powerful nuclear test. it is the first one under leader kim jong-un. president obama calls it a threat to the u.s. security and world peace. the first indication of the underground test came when seismologists detected a tremor in an area that is not known for earthquakes into in jerusalem, ten women detained at the western wall. one of them happens to be the sister of comedian sarah silverman. police detained rabbi silverman praying at the wall wearing a prayer shawl only worn by men. they were released several hours later. i don't care much for people who use religion as a cloak to justify hatred, injustice and fear and i can't imagine god, should he or she or it exist, does either. i am so proud of my sister and niec
house and harry reid in the senate have look at this issue of something that's going to be almost impossible. i don't know harry reid can get an assault weapons ban. i don't know there is enough in his conference to get it over the floor. everybody involved in this sees a potentially defining moments for 2014 so where you can say if you have these votes, this guy voted against it or his party voted against it. >> your point, at least get them on the record. right? i want to ask you related, by the way, your calls welcome here on the stayed of the union, which parts you thought were particularly strong what struck you of where he scored or maybe what he failed to mention. violence against women act not to get lost. we talked about it passed the senate overwhelming vote. >> every woman in the senate voted for it. every republican woman in the senate voted for it. >> bill: 22 republicans in the senate joined democrats to vote for that bill. now, will it get a vote in the house? >> it has to get a vote in the house. the republicans are trying to remak
out on this question, i agree with senator harry reid. when it came to the nomination of john bold, and in a of members of this body asked for additional disclosures from john bolton, and those disclosures were not forthcoming. harry reid said the following, the administration stonewalling has no one had the effect of slowing down the confirmation process, it has also put a further cloud over this individual and perhaps unnecessarily, raised the impression that the nominee and the white house have something to hide. i don't know if mr. hagel has received funds directly or indirectly from foreign sources, from extreme sources, but his refusal to provide disclosure i think is highly troubling. and i would suggest every member of this committee and every member of this body should stand together and at least insisting on adequate disclosure. i'll make one final point. some have asked, would you make the same request of a republican nominee? i'll point out you can chuck hagel is a republican. i don't know him personally, unlike many members of this committee. isa limit was record, and
of pressure not only directed at republicans but the number of democrats. by harry reid who i think will rather not bring up a vote on the assault weapons ban. the president was able to move the needle and say look, you're going to vote against something that's fine. but at least be on the record. tell the american people why you have a straight up-or-down vote. i do think the chances of gun control are much better. they don't have to require -- to have a vote in the senate. if they can get a straight up or down bill, assault weapon ban passage, john boehner suggested he may not approve some of the proposals to the floor unless they have majority support. assault weapons ban won't have majority ban. if people support gun control can get the up-or-down vote, they may find some success. that's where it is smart for the president last night. we all talked about the merits of gun control and what not. the process needs to allow the american people to keep members of congress on record on this issue. >> stephanie: thank you for calling me from the train bathroom to have this incredible c
leader harry reid. so we have a very good relationship. and i think that's one that we're going to maintain through this thing. and i would say that senator reid on numerous occasions was concerned about republican nominations. during the bush era we had steven johnson. steven johnson, who incidentally, was a democrat for the e.p.a. administrator. i thought he'd be good. i think that there are several democrats that thought he would not be good, and so harry reid did what he's supposed to do. he interceded in behalf of the democrats who opposed him. well, they had a 60-vote margin. that's fine. they got 61 votes. dirk kempthorne was one that there was objection to. he was up for -- most of you remember him, a former senator from utah. he was up for the secretary of interior, and there are some people objecting to him. and of course that was back during the bush administration. he was nominated and he went ahead and he was confirmed. it was a 60-vote margin. there's nothing unusual about this. getting back to steven johnson, this is even more analogous to what we have what now, b
comes up at the end of the month? >> listen if harry reid wanted to bring it up he could cancel a vacation and come in next week if he wanted. the real easy answer is immediately provide the information. there is a history with the administration and the majority party not providing all of the information. they will provide a little bit here, a little bit there. hopefully you will forget about it. bottom line if they want to get this done, they should sit down with the concerned senators and actually provide the appropriate information. that is pretty simple. bill: this is what we heard. at least two of the speeches apparently were made, four, maybe five years ago that were not provided. was it intentional for him not to present these speeches because they thought it would be controversial? >> i'm not sure, certainly. but they are, people are aware of them and they need to be part of the entire package that is being presented. and the senators have an absolute right to get this information. bill: senator lindsey graham has been hot on this trail and his big issue is not having t
eternal. the president can sit down with harry reid tonight and work with senate democrats who have the majority in the senate to move a bill. it's time for them to act. i've made this clear for months now. and yet we've seen nothing. >> now, he wants them, senator, to move legislation that passed in the last congress. the last congress is irrelevant right now. you need new legislation in order to pass a bill. >> wolf, what's not irrelevant is last congress we had the tax increase. so now it's spending cut time. the president doesn't want to to the spending cut. we had the tax increase -- >> right now, to avert this fiscal crisis we have right now, these forced spending cuts, you need a new bill. you can't use a bill from the old congress. >> the president -- you know what, and i think scott walker, the wisconsin governor, said it, let the president come out and say, here's where we're going to cut $85 billion in spending. the bottom line is the president doesn't want to cut spending. it's $16 trillion in debt. he doesn't want to cut spending. >> he does want to cut spending but he
of representatives, went over to the senate and unfortunately harry reid not only didn't vote on the house version but the senate hasn't put forward its own proposal. i would encourage the president to work with harry reid and senate democrats to put forward their own alternative and hopefully go to conference and negotiate something between the house and the senate because both sides agree that it's better to use a scalpel than a hatchet. >> you're describing something there's just no way is going to be done in 48 hours so as much as you're optimistic -- >> i'm noptimistic. >> that's charming. >> chris frates with "national journal." i have a story the republican leadership wants to see if the sky falls, they will need to negotiate on sequester, if the cuts are not that bad they think they get some leverage and can roll the debate on the across-the-board spending cuts into a larger one about the debt ceiling this summer. is that a prudent way for house republicans to go forward on this, taking a wait and see? shouldn't your leaders be showing more leadership here? >> well i'm not sure that wait a
to say a couple of things. first and foremost, if harry reid, democrats, and some republicans feel so strongly about the job cuts and things like that, making sure that teachers have the money they need to work and get the raises they want to give them and see other people get paid more, then why in the world would they agree to allow the government to spend -- because they have already said they have money to do this -- why would they allow the government to spend money to 20use me, 11 million million illegals who are here -- guest: i was stationed at fort eustis, virginia, so i have a lot of fond memories of where you live in the state of virginia. i hear this all the time at home in tennessee. i am your next-door neighbor in the mountains of bristol. one foot is in virginia and one foot is in tennessee. i hear what you are saying exactly, that there is money being spent on people who are here illegally and we are having problems funding our own education system. i was the mayor of johnson city, tennessee, and practiced medicine full-time. it is a town of 16,000 people. we highly va
in prison for what they are doing to our country. >> stephanie: oh, my. she is on a tear today. harry reid. >> republicans are too busy fighting amongst themselves and instead they do nothing. >> i'm sorry if you have to hear like this. >> i have offered him many times jim to work on his outside void. >> i'm livid, i'm sorry you have to see me this way. i'm beside myself. >> stephanie: okay. he makes senator mitch mcconnell look like some sort of a -- like a mad man. nicolas cage of the senate. >> you wouldn't like me when i'm angry, i turn green -- oh wait i already am. >> he wasn't elected to work for the congress he wants. he was elected to work with the congress he has. >> stephanie: yep. yep. >> and he tries to work with them and over and over again -- >> stephanie: he tried to work with the douche nozzles he has, however -- pardon me? >> you don't go to war with the army you wish you had. you go to war with a count try you never should have started a war with in the first place. [ applause ] >> thank you. >> stephanie: a moment of honesty. >> yeah. >> stephanie: when we com
associated with the nra is harry reid. i don't know if he still is a member, but i wonder if you could characterize the relationship with harry reid over the years and also talk about what you have communicated about with the man who will decide on whether a gun restriction law is brought to the floor of the senate. >> i am not our lobbyists, so any recent conversations with a senator reid would not be really within my --i have not talked with senator reid. we have had a relatively friendly relationship with the senator over time. we did not endorse him with reelection. we did not endorse his opponent either. we did support him at the primary level last time. he has been when firearms legislation has not been at the priority of his leader, he has been relatively friendly on second amendment issues. he is under incredible pressure because he has got come as any member of congress or senate does, he has his own beliefs. he has the views and demands of his constituents on the one hand and the pressure he faces as a party leader and from his president on the other. where harry reid ends up
a balanced budget amendment the kind of things that endear people in the republican primary voter. and harry reid spent more money than any of the other candidates in order to get the weakest republican into the general election knowing that they had a very difficult uphill fight in missouri and sure enough they got the weakest candidate and he blew himself up with the infamous current about illegitimate rape. >> you say it is to put in more quote electable candidates. the conservative wing of the republican party says the most eledgable is the most moderate and that is not necessarily the people they want to see running for office. >> lock, look, looking, look, look, look, let's be clear about this. cross roads support for tea party candidates. we are the largest financial backers of tea party candidates for the senate and the house. we spent over $30 million for tea party senate candidate. over $25 million for house candidates. $2.9 million for marco rubio. more than any other group in the general election. $2.7 million for rand paul. $8 million in colorado for ken buck. $5.1 million in ne
to our country. the president hates it. speaker boehner he said. majority leader, harry reid, he'd say. and they created it. imagine how the rest of us feel about it. yet somehow our leaders can't seem to figure a way out of that. we all agree the country needs to find a more sustainable fiscal path. in my view we need a balanced approach as wes said a few moments ago that includes the spending and revenues. cuts in spending should focus on programs that are growing the most, not on discretionary spending, which is not growing, it's not the problem and has borne the brunt of cuts. discretionary spending as a part of the budget where america's future lies. it includes such investment as research and education. cutting investment in our future is not the way to solve this problem. yet that is exactly what the sequester will do. there's a better way. we've talked quite a bit about the impact of the sequester on an economy still recovering. i want to focus on the longer-term, the economy and the nation relieved to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. the research is being c
that a cabinet secretary needed 60 votes and both of those bush nominees facing harry reid and democrats and environmental agency head. both had to meet 60 vote threshold. now it has happened to hagel. the third time in ten years. so it's not unprecedented. my question to you, why rush it? >> because the department of defense is responsible for our military. we are currently in conflict right now. i think this is something that has to deal with national security. you really need to get serious and get to work here. we can't be talking about things that are not relevant. they are asking for information about benghazi and chuck hagel had nothing to do with benghazi. if you wanted questions about that you need to talk on other people. >> heather: they got one of those questions answered, that is whether or not president obama himself personally called libyan officials on the night of september 11th but the respect on hagel to get a simple answer which we now know the answer was no. brad? >> you are absolutely right. we had some leverage over the white house and hagel was used at that levera
it to harry reid. if nothing was done, this would happen. i do not like the defense cuts, but if they cannot cut 2.5% of $3.6 trillion, where is this country going? this is ridiculous. i have had to cut my budget 40% , and they cannot cut 2.5%? host: that was mike in houston. roy is an oak park, michigan. caller: good morning. i am a first-time caller to c- span and a longtime viewer. thank you for taking my call. my comment is to the republicans who are seniors, my brothers and sisters, calling into c-span complaining about the national debt and how we are passing this debt onto our grandkids, and i do not want to be too devastating by saying this, but the seniors should just die off. they have taken away from the medicare and medicaid system far more than what they contributed by the mere fact that they are living longer, having triple bypass operations, heart pacemaker operations, it and knee replacement surgery, and the cost for numerous prescription drugs. if they would just die off, their insurance policies that are being billed to their offspring, they can take that insurance policy,
somewhat reluctant to go on with this. but eventually they did. also, senator harry reid.this is a terrible idea according to woodward's proposal. >> last question very quickly come in the senate is talking about competing plans aimed at averting budget cuts. >> leader of senate debate with too those, one on the democratic plan and one on the republican plan, both of which require 60 votes in this complicated procedurally in the upper chamber, but 60 votes for this to pass is very unclear whether the democratic plan will be able to get those 60 of us, even though the democrats are in the majority of the chamber. it puts a lot of the red state democrats for reelection in 2014 on the hot seat. we have to see how that plays out. >> jonathan strong, read him a "roll call." thanks for joining us. >> thank you. >> be no foreign countries and companies so i parked her per sequence. we are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid. our financial institutions, air traffic control systems. we cannot put back years from now and wonder why they did not seem in the face of real threats to secu
, harry reid, was on the floor just a moment ago. republicans around the country, the majority of them support this balanced approach and the only republicans who don't are those who work on capitol hill. right now, mcdonald's connell is speaking -- right now, mitch mcconnell is speaking. this is all happening as president obama heads to newport news, virginia where ship yards could be hit the hardest. he says those cuts could be felt in california since the company has a supplier base in all 50 states. but the chairman of the republican governors association says the president's scare tack tis are not working on him. >> i think it's time for the president to leadership. he's been trying to scare the american people, trying to scare now states and others. >> reporter: and some republicans accuse president obama of another possible scare tactic. when he says terrorists will have an easier time getting into america. homeland security says these cuts will hit hard when it comes to boarder security and the tsa. president obama is talking in virginia just over three hours from now. he will
was to the president. >> behind the president, the republican leader of the house, leader of the senate, harry reid. the president is not going to try to reach for the kind of soaring rhetoric you saw in the inaugural. observations of many that he didn't really focus on the economy in the inaugural address. but can you be sure they're going to make that the bulk of the speech this evening. nancy pelosi also behind the president. >> we do expect him to at least to talk about afghanistan, although it will not be the concentration of the speech, to talk about foreign policy and the white house has indicated there will be other speeches on that front. i wanted to say, george, i was in the house chamber earlier this morning at 10:00 in the morning and some of these people were already in there. >> long day and a long night. you mentioned afghanistan, we're joined bid martha raddatz, our chief global affairs correspondent. the president did put a number on how many troops will come out this year, martha. >> 34,000 troops by this time next year will be out of afghanistan. we have about 66,000 troops there
position. he's being followed -- you see eric cantor, harry reid, the senate majority leader. they're part of the official escort committee who are there to bring the president in to the chamber. it will take him a while to get through this crowd. he's shaking hands with everyone he sees there. as i said, a lot of these people have been waiting a long time just to get a shot with the president on this important historic night. band-aided by the constitution that he should provide a report to the nation about the state of the union. the president will tell us what he thinks the state of the union is momentarily. jake, you and i have seen a lot of these state of the union addresses. this is an important one because it kicks off the president's second term. >> that's right. he will set the table for his second term. he hopes he will, anyway. i do find it so interesting that there are members of the house and senate that literally sit in those seats in the house chamber for hours upon hours just for this moment, so they can shake the president's hand. it's often the same members of congress, c
violence. a number of people senator harry reid behind the president being one of them wearing green ribbons on their lapels tonight in solidarity with the victims from the newtown massacre in december. major garrett at s at the white house for us tonight. major, what are the president's prospects on gun control? what does he think he can get? >> reporter: scott it's very important that the president said "let's have a vote." in the rhetoric of legislative politics that means the president is not decidedly telling congress "let's pass this, i know we can do it." it is an open-faced concession that the politics of gun control, particularly when it comes to an assault weapons ban, so-called, or banning ammunition clips with ten bullets or more very difficult politically not just in the republican house but in the democratically controlled senate. when the president says "have a vote" he knows that's the best he can hope for in both chambers. now, the house republicans have made it very clear they are not going to do anything legislatively on the floor of the house until the senate acts
the leadership in the house and the senate? caller: harry reid of nevada is a gun owner, democratic leader. mitch mcconnell of kentucky, as i recall. -- i believe he declined to talk with us. we did not get an answer at all from john boehner, the house speaker. nancy pelosi does not own a gun. host: what about the chairman of the house judiciary and senate judiciary committees? the legislation is going to go to them. caller: that is one of the most interesting ones. senator leahy is a gun owner, but he is also a very strong advocate for gun control. he will be one of the key points in the debate -- he will be delivering one of the key points in the debate. their committees are likely to be the first out the door with legislation. there will be interesting things coming from some unlikely he, coming from vermont, who lives in a state where gun ownership is not all that unusual. it will be interesting to see if he can thread the needle between a healthy respect for guns and a healthy concern for guns and gun safety. i think that he will be a very interesting player to watch. host: let me conclude b
piece of legislation? >> i think that's undecided at this point. harry reid is a big gun enthusiast and what that office is saying right now whatever coming out of the judiciary committee, they are looking at an assault-weapons ban, high-capacity magazines and universal background checks will get a vote. there will be a vote on some of these measures. there will be amendments avow lowed. as for the president, he called for a vote and it looks like he'll get them. >> separate votes but -- >> he'll get votes. >> we'll see what he can achieve on these sensitive issues. jim acosta, thanks very much. >>> president obama hit the road today. >>> also, another day on a hot ship overflowing with raw sewage. is the end now in sight? [ male announcer ] when we built the cadillac ats from the ground up to be the world's best sport sedan... ♪ ...people noticed. ♪ the all-new cadillac ats -- 2013 north american car of the year. ♪ for a limited time, take advantage of this exceptional offer on the all-new cadillac ats. exceptional offer with the bing it on challenge to show google users what
reid yesterday filed a motion to limit debate and force vote on the hagel nomination. harry reid said today, though, that republicans are mounting a full-scale filibuster of the hagel nomination. he said that there's never been a filibuster of a secretary of defense in the country's history. discussion on the nomination continues. senator leahy on the senate floor now and that is live on c-span2. also coming up live on booktv.org later today at 7:00 p.m. eastern, stephen hess who wrote "whatever happened to the washington reporters: 1978-2012." he interviewed journalist who is were covered the federal government and washington and 30 years later talked to 283 of those to find out where things went on in their career and the fields they covered. that discussion with stephen hess gets under way at 7:00 and that's at booktv.org. >> we have a habit in this country, if i may say, now of glossing over presidents. we decided, some people, that they're balancedying -- bald eagles and they have to be treated as symbols of the country. what that means, though, is you have -- you have a smoothin
but surely deteriorate, the american people will intensify pressure on harry reid's senate to finally do its job. americans are suffering, shall defense is suffering, the suffering of americans is not in recess during this crisis. congress should not be in recess either. we signed up to do a job and that job is not done. the house must provide leadership and prove we are serious about doing the people's business, and washington is where the people's business is done. given the magnitude of the risk and damage done by sequestration to america on a daily basis, i respectfully request that the house remain in session and do our jobs on each and every work day until sequestration is resolved. the path -- the house has passed numerous sequestration solutions. it is long past time for the senate to wake from its slumber, respond to the clairian call and pass a sequestration solution. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new mexico, mr. lujan, for five minutes. mr. lujan: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend.
speaker boehner, senate democratic leader harry reid, and nancy pelosi, the house democratic leader, will attend the meeting on friday at the white house. on c-span we have been talking to capitol hill reporters about the potential impact of the sequester. here's a look at how it might be affecting the education department. >> joining us now from domination week is reporter allison klein, she's on the phone to talk about what she's education cuts could mean. good morning. we heard the education secretary call them dumb cuts. what the republicans calling the potential cuts to education? >> that's funny. they have been pretty quiet about that. i think it's a losing issue to come out and say we really want to make sure we cut programs like title 1, disadvantaged students, head start programs like that. so they have been fairly quiet when it comes to the education cuts and sequestration. >> let's look at some of the specifics, the white house is warning about a 8.2% across-the-board for most education programs. what else are we seeing? >> actually with the s.s.i. .3% cut because of some
of the people who will be at the meeting tomorrow. john boehner speaker of the house. harry reid senate majority leader, mitch mcconnell and nancy pelosi, of course. what is the point of this meeting tomorrow? it is the deadline. what are they going to get done in this meeting. some people are saying it could be a photo opportunity to once again -- the president is very good at messaging -- to put out to the american people. i tried, i had a meeting with these top-level meeting and nothing came of it. >>brian: i have a hunch. john boehner is on the record saying this is going to be a listening meeting for me. i think the president will say there is your delay for two months. here's an idea of going forward for the next two months. is delay all these cuts from taking place. therefore, if you don't accept this piece of paper, you are truly the bad guys. >>steve: "the washington post" says today that what the president is going to ask republicans, he's going to ask them what one tax break would you give up? just give up one thing. of course the white house has made that clear that they want more re
. majority leader harry reid hates it. 13 majority leader harry reid hates it. they created it. imagine how the rest of us feel about it. somehow our leaders cannot seem to figure a way out of it. we all agree the country needs to find a more sustainable fiscal path. in my view, we need a balanced approach, as wes said, that includes both spending and revenues. cuts in spending should focus on programs a growing the most, not on discretionary spending, which is not growing, is not the problem, and yet has already borne the brunt of cuts. the discretionary spending is a part of the budget where america's future lies, including such investment as research and education. cutting invesart ent in our fute is not the way to solve this problem. yet that is exactly what the sequester will do. there is a better way. we have talked about the impact of the sequester on an economy that is still recovering. i want to focus on the longer term, the economy and the nation that we will leave to our children, our grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. the research being cut with the sequester affects long-t
have barack obama who is a democrat, president of the united states. then we have harry reid who is the majority leader. so the democrats are in control of both. now, if you think back at what happened back in -- during the last bush administration, we had exactly the reverse. george bush was president of the united states and the democrats were a minority. same situation. so what happened? first of all, we had bolton come up, john bolton. same thing, subjected to a 60-vote margin. we had steve -- dirk kempthorne. all remember dirk kempthorne. there are a lot of people who did not approve of him. he was appointed by bush, a republican, and then when he came over here, the democrats didn't like him, they subjected him to a 60-vote margin. that wasn't a filibuster. this isn't a filibuster today. people are trying to say that and blame me as being the bad guy that's causing a filibuster. it's not the case at all. any more than it was the case back in the 2005-2006 and other times when we had a nominee that was put forth by president bush. it was objected to by the democrats. now, di
. the reason why it was defeated because the majority leader harry reid switched his vote to no so he could bring the vote back up again after the senate comes back from recease. a lot of republican senators were saying that they did not want this choice filibustered. even if they wanted to vote no on his nomination he at least deserves an up down vote in order to be approved. the republicans decided to use this vote as a way to extract more information from the white house on issues like the attack in benghazi so they passed hagel when they come back. the way you're looking at it, to me, it is efforts to delaying the inevitable. chuck hagel will be confirmed as the secretary of defense. he just has to wait a couple of days. you're going to confirm himny way and it is just another delay in what the senate is trying to to do. host: harry reid set a new vote in 11 days. what do republicans want to see in the meantime? guest: well, they say they would like answers, again, from the white house, more details about what the president did and did not do in the terrorist attack in libya. the white
united, and they're going home. i am sure we can get harry reid, he will come back as the speaker will join with us in supporting the plan that the house and senate democrats and the president supports to avoid the sequester and avoid 750,000 americans losing their jobs. we will do it. they put a plan on their table, we put a plan on the table, the house has put zero plans on the table. >> they always talk about what they did in the last congress. those bills are gone. they keep pointing to them as if somehow magically they are going to be resurrected. if they want to resurrect them, put them on the floor and let's vote. >> it is often talked about, sequestration, and we have heard so much about the sequester. will you lay out areas that are most important to democrats that the sequester will impact? >> i will defer to our budget chair because he has worked with all of our caucus on this, but i know other members will be talking about it, and that is where the rubber meets the road in the appropriations committee. that we say, since you mentioned education, when they talk about cu
and for gun rights has been strong on both sides of the aisle including with senate majority leader harry reid, the top democrat in the senate. so, you know, again the key is going to be given some of the events over the last year and this push from the white house, will the president be able to convince senators like reid, like mark pryor from arkansas, like mary landrieu from louisiana, et cetera, to go along with the kinds of gun regulations they have not supported in the past and then once that happens, can he create pressure among house republicans? again i think where he might be able to get something done is with an expanded type of background check, banning assault weapons, i just see as a nonstarter completely. jon: david drucker from "roll call". david, good to have you on. thank you. >> thanks a lot. jenna: the pakistani girl who survived being shot in the head by the taliban is speaking clearly and has now released her own video statement. the brave teenager's message to the world, a show of resilience for you this monday next. >>> also last night's battle between the ravens and 49
written on it, "press here for a message from senator king." [laughter] the bad news is, it was in harry reid's handwriting. [laughter] listen, the message is really simple. we have got to start talking to each other, solving problems, we have got to get rid of the ideology and you have got to be fired up to make it happen. the forces of division are fired up. the forces that want to pull us apart and put us into categories are fired up. there has to be support for people who want to solve problems, who want to tell the truth, who want to work a five- day week, who want to do the things that we need to do to get this country going. it is what is on the minds of the public. i was the only candidate in the country where people had a real choice. if you stop and think about it, your choices are determined by the parties by large. in maine, people had a third choice. my favorite comment from the whole state was that people came up to me and said all my life, i wanted a chance to vote for none of the above. and you are it. [laughter] [applause] but the point is, people are more interested in
hunters obama's agenda won't take away their hunting rifles. she talks about harry reid which did take me off on "meet the press" saying i don't know if i'll vote for the assault weapons ban. i didn't last time because it didn't make sense. what? >> it made sense enough to work. >> didn't make political sense. >> stephanie: right. what do we do about those democrats? >> well, i mean, essentially they have to be continually called out. the reality is that if you look at the numbers if you look at the nra gives you an "a" rating, how well do o you fair, it is almost meaningless if not detrimental. >> stephanie: somebody made that point. however high percentage of people they supported lost. stop being scared of them. >> and most smart gun owners like i said, my dad has a lot of guns. and is technically a member of the nra but doesn't have any interest in having an anti-tank weapon. so they don't really send him the literature all the time. >> stephanie: let me finish what joan says. hymn it is the art of the possible. [ ♪ battle hymn of republic ♪ ] she says the point of leadership is t
for the institution. >> it is pretty clear that harry reid and the senate majority leader -- the leader in the senate wants to push this vote. the president wants it. we're going to be without a secretary of defense if we don't do this. leon panetta retired. i think it will go through. thursday is my guess. >> bill: all right. we've got nuclear with a nuclear test. president obama speaking about a reduction of our nuclear arsenal. nuclear arsenal tonight. and chuck hagel up for a vote today. we didn't even get to drones yet. we have a little more time here with joe cirincione. time for your calls at 1-866-55-press. on this special mardi gras state of the union edition of the "full court press." >> announcer: heard around the country and seen on current tv. this is the "bill press show." people with sore throats have something new to say. ahh ! mmm ! people with sore throats have something new to say. ahh ! mmm ! ahh ! finally, there's cepacol sensations. serious sore throat medicine seriously great taste. plus the medicine lasts long after the lozenge is gone. ahh ! mmm ! cepacol sensations.
for lobbyists. senator harry reid has a son in law who has lobbied since 1999. guest: a lobbyist related to a senator cannot lobby in the senate unless the relationship was established more than two years before the senator took office. and the person was a lobbyist before that time as well. there are pretty strict rules. you cannot talk to the one you are related to. in the house, the rules are different. you can talk to any member of the house except the one you are related to. host: does that mean if you cannot talk to members of the senate, can you still talk to the house and the white house? guest: absolutely. there's no rule about talking to other agencies. host: sarah bryner, research director at the core center for responsive politics, they keep coming in this morning. opensecrets.org. next, mental homeless in the united states and a closer look at the mental health care system. first, a news update from c- span paul radio. >> in a preview of tonight's state of the union, the associated press as saying that president obama will announce 34,000 u.s. troops will be home one year fr
to vote for it. harry reid has not had the senate majority pass a budget in the last four years. the senate, the last time the senate passed a budget was actually before the ipad had been invented. so you talk about how far ago that's been. families have to balance their budgets. most states like my home state of wyoming, we balance our budget every year. i believe we need a balanced budget amendment to the constitution. the president continues to oppose those sorts of things. jon: well, the president has said he doesn't think the federal government has a spending problem. 83% of americans disagree with him according to our latest fox news poll. they say they think government does spend too much money. why the disconnect? >> well, and nancy pelosi said the same thing this weekend on one of the talk shows. americans know the problem in this country is that we spend too much, not that we're taxed too little. and that's where the republicans and i are specifically focusing our attention on trying to get the spending under control which is what american families have been doing, wha
the nomination of chuck hegel as defense secretary. yesterday majority leader harry reid filed closure on the nomination and for failing to reach agreement with republican leaders a proceeding to the nomination. if all the time for cloture is used a cloture vote will be held tomorrow, a confirmation vote could be held this coming saturday. the senate is scheduled to be in recess next week. live coverage of the u.s. senate on c-span2. the presiding officer: the senate will come to order. today's opening prayer will be offered by guest chaplain reverend ed kelaher from all saints church in chevy chase, maryland. the guest chaplain: let us pray. father god, you alone are the sovereign lord of this great nation. send your spirit among the men and women of this chamber that your will on earth may be done as it is in heaven. people suffer, children hunger, laborers strain under their burdens, and those without a voice cry out in silence. yet we stand before you at risk of doing little or nothing to comfort and relieve them, unless our hearts are yielded to you alone. there is nothing we can
's the interesting thing. if you look today we have barack obama, democrat president of the united states. and harry reid the majority leader. and the democrats are in control of both. if you think back at what happened back in during the last bush administration, we had exactly the reverse. george bush was president of the united states, and the democrats were the minority. same situation. so what happened? first of all, we had both come up. john bolton same thing. subjected to a 60-vote margin. we had steve -- we remember dirk, there a lot of people that it not approve of him. he was appointed by bush, a republican, and then when he came over here the democrats didn't like him. they subjected him to a 60-vote margin. that wasn't a filibuster. it's not a filibuster today. people are trying to blame me the bad guy causing a filibuster. it's not the case at all. it anymore the case than the 2005, 2006, and other times when we had a nominee put forth by president wush who was objected to by the democrat. dirk when he was nominated to be the secretary of entire job, there was a lot of opposition to the
the day he got in the senate, he was bored. harry reid said, you don't like it here, you're bored here. why don't you run for president? >> he was considerably more politic about how he spent his short time in the senate. >> talking about barack obama's pathway he wasn't worried about that, he wasn't worried about building bridges, right? >> no, but he found a way to get along with his fellow senators as did hillary clinton who came along having greater ambitions, but careful to go step by step and not to seem bigger for her britches than she wanted to seem. >> this is an odd way to last in washington. we'll see how he does. >> lindsey graham said you get respect in the senate if you can throw a punch and you have to show you can make a deal. ted cruz has thrown lots of punches and hasn't shown he can legislate or endure. this remains to be seen. >>> and at the white house to deliver remarks on billions of dollars on automatic budget cuts set to kick in next friday. according to administration officials, the president will challenge republicans to make a quote simple choice between pro
pelosi, harry reid. therein lies the potential problem where the more moderate democrats are going to have to step aside and stand down. >> and you look at that $4 trillion number. in the president's proposal is also including things like interest savings, more savings that are set to wind down anyway, and you look at the $4 trillion. it really only stabilizes debt to gdp ratio over the next decade or so off panama. the entitlement spending, medicare, medicaid, not doing their analysis of what the ten years after the next decade look like when it comes to the full entitlement boom that goes on from there, there are some major deficit and debt problems that are going to hit the federal budget in just the next 10-15 years alone. so the whole debate as to how big a problem deficit reduction is, jay carney a couple of weeks ago said it is not a goal of itself. just deficit reduction. i think the president clarified that a little bit this evening with a comment you just mentioned, neil. there is that question about whether and that democrats are all that serious about deficit reduct
was what harry reid is incapable of doing, making something pass out of the senate that actually counts. we just keep getting deeper and deeper in debt. it's the most disappointing thing in my life. >> what's going on in washington? nothing. >> the whole idea of putting political capital together is to spend it down. >> you are about as cynical as i am about what's going on in washington, d.c.? you really don't think they're capable of doing two things at once. >> not these people. >> how does it look to the average person? it's almost like the government is in permanent divorce court. ♪ >> would you consider possibly being future senator barney frank? >> oh. >> i told the governor that i would not like frankly to do that. >> i spent a career carrying m-16 or m-4 carbine, i personally don't think there's any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets. >> problem solver, committed to fix, not fight. >> not fight. >> it's all attitude, man. it's all attitude. ♪ >> i said see you at thanksgiving dinner, my dad e-mailed me, he was worried you were coming. >> i actually contemplated comin
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